Well, hey there! I guess if I say that I’m a blogger on Instagram that I probably should get back to blogging. Ha. I just finished up an online class I had to take for my teaching license (had to write ALLLLLLL the papers…), so now I am free to blog again. YAY. My goal is to work up to at least two posts a week in the summer.
The end of the school year can be seen as a hectic and stressful time for all…parents, teachers, students, etc. I am trying a different attitude approach this year and am constantly reminding myself this go-around that I get terribly bored by mid-July and to really appreciate getting up in the morning and going to a job that I really do enjoy.
I remember last May wishing I was at work, so the moral of the story is…it’s very easy to covet what you don’t have at the time, and I am (unfortunately) quite often the poster child for that type of thinking. So I am training my thought process to think otherwise, to approach each day with gratitude. Am I always successful? Heck no. But there is an attempt every day! The attitude check does not mean all of the end-of-the-year stresses go away, so I have really tried to simplify other aspects of my life during this time.
1. I am realizing that I can’t do it all, all at once. What has been hit and miss for me lately is my fitness time. I love fitness. I always go back to fitness. But fitness is not my number 1, 2, or 3 priority. I am definitely not a morning person, and I have had way too much going on in the evenings in trying to finish up this class, so I told myself to let go of working out for a time here and there. Though I do miss all of the great aspects of working out and though I have to wear a bathing suit in two weeks, I do feel at peace with that decision. I know it’s not a lifestyle change out of fitness; it’s just a week’s reprieve here and there.
I follow several fitness Instagram accounts for motivational purposes, and I realized a really important thing the other day. They’re not me! They don’t live my life! I used to beat myself up over not being able to work out as frequently or as long as these people on Instagram whom I’ve never even met actually can. And then I thought, How ridiculous are you being right now? Answer: pretty darn ridiculous. So my plan is to get back at it in the coming week and go from there. Giving yourself the freedom to let something minor go for a while feels pretty good, actually! Update: I actually went for a run for the first time in a week this morning and felt awesome.
2. I ask myself this question a lot: Could I make this any easier on myself right now? With work style, the answer happens to be yes. I have one outfit formula I have repeated a ton lately, and when I don’t know what to wear that day, I go back to the easy outfit formula: tee + skirt + appropriate accessories.
This combo was my favorite last week. This is my new LuLaRoe Perfect Tee (I’m wearing an XS), paired with a pencil skirt I have had forever, all jazzed up with some taupe peep toe boots (TOMS dupes) from Old Navy. Do I want to reinvent the fashion wheel every morning? Answer: heck no. But since I have a ton of tees in my closet and have been working to add more skirts, this formula is easy to utilize on busy mornings.
This tee + skirt combo is also great because the accessories can be changed in and out, depending on where you’re going. I have found that a statement necklace and heels/fancy flats can really dress up the look for date night or work, but a pair of really cute sandals or sneakers and a jean jacket/vest would make this look casual. In the look above, I am wearing a GAP tee (I’ve had this one for four years) with the Stella & Dot Essential Fringe Necklace, and an older pair of Old Navy lace-up flats.
To the teachers who are still on the job, let’s do this….!! I have until June 2 with students and an additional four days of Professional Development. Teachers/moms/whoever is feeling a little overwhelmed right now, take the time to ask yourself, Where can I cut corners? And let me just say I’m not advocating for you to drop really important tasks all together or neglect any one important area in your life. I am just saying we don’t have to make it harder on ourselves than it really has to be.